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Michael Powell Inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame

Michael Powell Inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame


NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame last night. The celebration, held at New York’s Waldorf Astoria, was an opportunity for Powell and the nine other inductees to be recognized for their vision, hard work, and commitment to the programming and communications industries.

Powell’s decades-long career in communications technology and policy has spanned some of the most transformative years for entertainment and the internet. His long support of light-touch regulation has sustained a flourishing internet industry. And his commitment to preserving a storytelling platform where the best stories on earth can be told has helped define the golden age of television.

In his brief acceptance speech, Powell expressed gratitude for his family and took the opportunity to point out the remarkable transformations technology has made on the way we as a species communicate. He said, “Advanced communications allows us to build the fabric by which human relations exist. We get to create the machinery to educate, inform, and entertain. And it attracts the most amazing people, as evidence of the caliber of my fellow honorees tonight.” And Powell reminded the audience of the importance of an unrestricted media, saying of the founding fathers, “they were wise enough to understand that a free press should be among the first of our constitutional amendments.”

NCTA congratulates Michael Powell and all of the 2016 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame inductees. For a full list plus details on the event, go to

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